To no surprise, the average American now spends 90% of their time indoors. For where we spend so much time, the air quality would be important. But what if the air quality inside is not as clean we think it is? Let’s cover 5 myths about indoor air and what you can do to breathe healthier and safer air in your home.
1.The air quality indoors is better than the air quality outdoors.
It may come as a surprise, but indoor air can be more polluted than the air outside. First and foremost, all of the air inside that accumulates inside our homes comes from the air outside. So naturally, it makes sense that the air pollutants find their way inside our home as well.
Now think about the harsh chemicals you use when cleaning, the dust that collects on your furniture, and the pollutants that are released when you cook. Everything you do inside, from vacuum cleaning to frying bacon, has an effect on the air you breathe.
2.Indoor air quality won’t harm you
Air pollutants outside can not only cause harm outside, but are just as bad inside. As mentioned above, the air quality inside can be just as bad if not worse than outside. Side effects of not breathing clean air include headaches, fatigue, nausea, and even heart and lung diseases or premature death from long term affects.
3.Air fresheners are a good way to increase the air quality
Although they may smell nice, all air fresheners do is mask unpleasant smells and add more chemicals to the air you’re breathing. Instead of using air fresheners, opt to try essential oils or naturally made candles that are low in harsh chemicals.
4.Ozone is a safe option
Many people go for ozone gas generators in their homes to help them eliminate odors, chemicals, or other pollutants. However, health problems such as chest pain, trouble breathing, and coughing have been linked to ozone. These devices have not yet been approved by the EPA so they should be used with caution.
5.Improving indoor air quality is too difficult
There are plenty of devices and installments that can be used to improve air quality. Invest in a good air purifier, monitor the air quality in your home, and get rid of pollutants that you are causing yourself. It’s a small investment that will have long lasting effects on your well-being!
Now that you know the truth, what steps are you going to take to increase the air quality in your home?